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The Best New Packaged Foods for Athletes

Food companies finally get it—you want to eat nutritious foods that actually taste good, even when you’re away from the kitchen. New packaged products make it easier to do just that. Every item on this list helps you fuel up on top-notch performance foods without sacrificing health and flavor, no …

Ecocamp Patagonia

Enjoy the Patagonian wilderness in a cozy, igloo-style dome. EcoCamp is tucked away in the very heart of Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, …

26 Tips for Healthy Eating

In a world where health trends come and go overnight, it’s nearly impossible to keep up. That’s especially the case when it comes to what you should and shouldn’t be eating. While we do our best to cut through the noise, providing only science-backed and athlete-tested recommendations, we still end …

Nutrition

Converse All Star Waterproof

Converse have given their popular Chuck Taylor All Star a winterized update right in time for the upcoming colder months. Made with a waterproof …

The Three Flexibility Stretches You Should Be Doing

It’s no secret: the more efficiently you move, the better you perform. But as trainers and athletes have embraced mobility work, warm-up routines have ballooned to 40 minutes or more. Who has time for that? Plus, too much flexibility can actually hurt performance. “Range of motion without control …

10 Foods Athletes Should Add to Their Grocery Lists

We tapped top nutritionists to find out which items they think athletes should include on their grocery runs. Some fuel workouts, others aid in recovery, and a few make for nutrition-forward instant dinners for when time is short.<p>Camu Powder<p>The Amazonian fruit has more vitamin C than any other food …

Yes, You Need the Track Workout

If you’re fortunate enough to run regularly on forest trails or beachside promenades, the allure of swapping those scenic routes for a track workout is likely lost on you. Yes, this country does have some seriously inspiring track setups, but can doing laps around a 400-meter rubber oval actually …

The Best Winter Road Trips

Mountains are never so spectacular as when blanketed in white, and meals are never as satisfying as after a day of vigorous exercise in the cold. Pack your thermal underwear and soaking trunks, line up a car with four-wheel drive, and string together a few of these classic winter …

Six Daily Exercises to Boost Mobility and Balance

Olympic cyclist Evelyn Stevens, Olympic volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings, big wave surfer Laird Hamilton, and extreme kayaker Brad Ludden have one thing in common: they all train with Kelly Starrett. A doctor of physical therapy at CrossFit San Francisco, Starrett has built a reputation as …

Fatigue Is All in Your Head

Samuele Marcora, the 47-year-old director of research at the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at England’s University of Kent, doesn’t consider himself an endurance athlete. But he’s fast becoming one of the most talked-about researchers in the field. Marcora, who is originally from Italy, …

How Distraction Can Make You Healthier and Faster

For many elite athletes, critiquing their performance after a training session feels like a healthy habit: identify what went right and wrong, then plan how to improve. But while post-game analysis has its advantages, every minute you spend rehashing can actually delay the body’s physical recovery …

Work Hardest at Rest

Turns out we’ve all vastly overemphasized the getting-stronger-and-faster part of being fit. The real secret to optimal performance is taking care of yourself—starting with getting a better night’s sleep.<p>Safeguard Your Sleep<p>Sleep is important—we know this. Don’t get enough and we’re prone to being …

Question Everything You Know About Fitness

Over the past two years, I’ve interviewed more than 100 world-class performers for my podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show. The guests range from super-celebs (Arnold Schwarz­e­negger, Jamie Foxx) and athletes (icons of powerlifting, gymnastics, and surfing) to legendary Special Operations commanders and …

How Headphones Can Make You a Better Athlete

If it’s true that 90 percent of performance is mental, then your brain needs all the help it can get. Fortunately, a new edge has arrived: the Beats-inspired Halo Sport headphones, which emit a mild electric current.<p>The brainchild of neuroscientist Daniel Chao and biomedical engineer Brett …

Summer Shredding: How to Become a Better Mountain Biker

The best way to get better at mountain biking? Ride your bike. A lot. The second-best way: sign up for a good clinic. Summit County, Colorado-based VIDA—whose mission is to cultivate women mountain bikers though high-quality instruction—offers some of the best. The organization’s workshops begin …

The 10 Best Recovery Foods for Runners

What you eat after a long, hard run has a big impact on how well you recover and how hard you can run the next day.<p>“Eating well after endurance exercise is important for a few reasons,” says Tommy Rodgers, a North Carolina–based registered dietitian and coach. The first, he says, is to replenish …

8 Pro Tips for Psyching Up to Train Every Day

Pro runners aren’t superhuman. Yeah, the gene fairy blessed them physically, but otherwise they’re just like the rest of us. Their couches are as comfy, their beds as cozy, their kids as cute. But one thing sets the elites apart: their killer mental game. They know how to stay focused and motivated …

Whoop Smart Trainer

There are tons of wearables out there that let you track your activity and even your sleep. But when you're an elite athlete, you need to know more …

All the Gear You Need to Make It Through the Workweek

For every Vail instructor whose office is a ski slope, there are nine of us schmucks who live, Monday through Friday, in front of a computer (this editor included). To make our desk jobs a little better, we came up with the ultimate office survival kit. From a potted plant for a little extra oxygen …

Debunking the (Often Phony) Science Behind Performance-Enhancing Apparel

In the last year, we’ve seen at least half a dozen companies launch (or more often crowdfund) apparel that allegedly makes workouts more effective. That doesn’t include the clothing, like the products from Hexoskin, Athos, and OmSignal, that monitors your vitals as you sweat. No, these new brands …

Can I Really Improve My Fitness in One Week?

<i>A:</i><p>Yes, you can improve your fitness with just a few workouts, especially if you're not in great shape to begin with and you're looking to boost endurance or cardiovascular health. If you're already near the top of your game, or your goal is to improve your strength, it may take a bit longer to …

The 6 Sharpest-Looking Smartwatches

Most fitness bands have a problem. Two problems, actually. They're ugly. And they're uncomfortable to wear. And that's costing wearable tech companies business.<p>It’s true: Beauty matters and <i>sells.</i> Worldwide annual watch sales total $50 billion—a huge business that Apple wants a part of. But the …

The Secret to Performing Your Best at Altitude? Train Your Diaphragm.

Five years ago,as the members of a British military expedition trekked up the Barun Valley in Nepal toward 27,766-foot Makalu, the world's fifth highest peak, the levels of oxygen in their blood began to drop—a normal but troublesome physiological response to the thin air of altitude. By the time …

The Athlete's Guide to Bone Broth Soup

As with all things Paleo-centric, what’s old is new again. First there were stories about coconut oil and butter making a comeback. Now it’s soup. Long touted as a tool to help fight illness and inflammation, bone broth—a basic soup made with animal bones, among other ingredients<b>—</b>is trending among …

The Stranger-Than-Fiction Way to Cheat Fatigue

In an until-recently classified report funded by the UK’s Ministry of Defence, researchers revealed something remarkable: you can reap enormous performance gains by altering your perception of effort—and anyone can do it.<p>Historically, scientists and athletes have thought of the stress that leads to …

The Science of Conquering Your Greatest Fears

Many things scare me: the huge rock at the bottom of Boulder Garden on Colorado’s Gunnison River that has flipped my kayak numerous times; the chutes off the stormy top of the Big Sky tram; sullen men with clubs who lurk in Kenya’s Ngong Hills (I met them a while back).<p>Can a scientist in an …

Your Wicked Wednesday Workout

When getting outside is the goal and training is what makes your adventures possible, Wednesday is the perfect day to push it. Why? You’re recovered from the weekend and can rev yourself for the days ahead.<p>Now, there’s nothing that says you have to hit the gym for a strength and endurance sweat …

Is There a 'Right' Way to Meditate?

<i>A:</i><p>Depending on the school of thought you're following, meditation can be practiced in a number of ways—sitting cross-legged in a dark room, while on a long run, or even on a crowded bus with the help of a smartphone app and a pair of headphones. In general, though, the idea is to lower stress …

Outside Videos You Should Not Have Missed Last Month

Whether you didn't catch these viral vids the first time around or just want to watch them again, here are the top 10 videos from the month of May.<p>10. Ty's List: Trailer<p>In what promises to be one of the most touching stories of the year, three strangers come together to honor a friend's life that …

Summits of My Life: Trailer

This is a story of determination, spectacular landscapes and unshakeable friendship. Following in the footsteps of the pioneers of Sky Running, Kilian Jornet and a small group of like-minded friends push the boundaries of possibility to new limits in a series of mountain adventures. Culminating in …